Magnolias

Magnolias

Deciduous and evergreen large shrubs or feature size trees, many with nicely scented flowers in spring and summer. We have a great modern selection from around the world, including many new yellows which flower slightly later than the pinks and whites, and can avoid the frosts.

Magnolias prefer full sun, cool roots and shelter from strong winds. Plant in enriched soil, deeply worked, free draining, moisture retentive neutral to slightly acidic. After planting, feed with a good ericaceous fertilizer and mulch well. Apply slow release fertilizer every spring whilst the plant is establishing.

Magnolias were amongst the first plants on Earth to reproduce using flowers pollinated by insects. They are native to America and Asia, but not Europe. The Magnolia was named by Linnaeus in commemoration of Pierre Magnol, who was Louis XIV's doctor and a professor of Botany. Magnolia grandiflora was introduced into Britain from America in 1734. The first Magnolias from China arrived around 1780, and proved much hardier than those from America.

NEW: Just added some cracking new varieties, especially late flowering yellows, from renowned breeders such as August Kehr in Carolina, and Philippe de Spoelberch in Belgium. Being new and grafted, they do cost a bit more, and the 3 litre size are about 60-90cm tall.

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Magnolia Fairy White
Magnolia Fairy White
Raised by the New Zealand breeder Mark Jury (who also brought us Magnolia Black Tulip), this wonderful new magnolia produces an abundance of white flowers along the length of its stems in spring. Unlike many of the other spring-flowering types, the foliage of this magnolia is mainly evergreen, although it may shed its leaves in colder winters. It makes a fine stand-alone specimen, especially in smaller...
from £34.95
Magnolia Golden Pond
Magnolia Golden Pond
Large yellow tulip shaped flowers with narrow tepals, held upright on bare branches. Rich colour intensity during April-May. A fast growing large shrub or multi-stemmed tree. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years. M. acuminata x M. denudata David Leach 1997.
£34.95

Magnolia Pegasus AGM
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Magnolia Pegasus AGM
Pure white candle like flowers with delicate rays of pink-purple at the base. Flowering in April with 6 large upright tepals and 3 smaller outer tepals, with good frost tolerance. Cylindrical red fruiting cones in the autumn. A fast growing upright tree, possibly a hybrid between M. cylindrica and M. denudata, growing 2-4 metres high in 10 years, and then 15m at maturity. Please note this variety...
from £29.95
Magnolia soulangeana 'Alba Superba'
Magnolia soulangeana 'Alba Superba'
Large tulip shaped pure white flowers with a rose-purple basal blotch. April-May flowering. Tolerates neutral clay soils. Forms a large shrub with wide spreading stems. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years. Best on moist acid soils. Goblet shaped buds flushed with purple-red emerge into large, fragrant, pure white flowers on bare branches, Magnolia x soulangeana ‘Alba Superba’ forms a magnificent...
£36.95

Magnolia Spectrum  AGM
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Magnolia Spectrum AGM
Gorgeous rich pinkish red flowers which are lighter on the inside on a small to medium size deciduous tree, flowering from mid-April to late May. It has an upright habit when young, but develops into a broad pyramidal shape after 15-20 years. Magnolia liliiflora has been hybridized with many species and has produced fantastic results. William Kosar of the US National Arboretum raised this Magnolia...
£34.95
Magnolia stellata
Magnolia stellata
A lovely plant with pure white, large, star-shaped scented flowers in March and April. A native of Japan where it is found in mountain woodland, it is a slow growing small tree or large shrub which rarely exceeds 3m in height. Best in acid or neutral soil, in sun or part shade. Protect from late spring frosts when young, as these can kill every bud, and hence the plant.
£25.95

Magnolia stellata 'Waterlily'  AGM
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Magnolia stellata 'Waterlily' AGM
A selected form of Magnolia stellata with large pure white star-shaped scented flowers March and April. A slow growing shrub which rarely exceeds 3m in height. Protect from late spring frosts when young.
£34.95
Magnolia x loebneri 'Leonard Messel'  AGM
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Magnolia x loebneri 'Leonard Messel' AGM
Lovely lilac buds open to beautiful star-like flowers with a pink flush. This is a very free flowering plant in April that makes a magnificent shrub or small tree. The flowers emerge before the foliage. An extremely popular shrub for the smaller garden that will perform best in full sun, and will tolerate any reasonable soil except waterlogged. Magnolia kobus was hybridised with M.stellata by Max...
£21.95

Magnolia x soulangeana
Magnolia x soulangeana
Large tulip shaped white flowers with a rose-purple stain at the base. April and early May flowering, before the leaves appear. One of the best and most popular Magnolias for general planting, and will tolerate neutral clay soils and atmospheric pollution, but no good on shallow chalk soils. Usually forms a large shrub with wide spreading branches. Originally raised by M. Soulange-Bodin, who...
£29.95